After leaving Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, Luis Suarez has now officially announced his return to Nacional, the club where he first played.
Luis Suarez’s 15-year stint in Europe is finished after agreeing to a free transfer to former club Nacional.
He declared in a video message that he had reached a “pre-agreement” to return to Nacional in Uruguay.
The 35-year-old former Liverpool striker started out at Nacional 21 years ago and progressed through the ranks there before relocating to Europe in 2006.
Since 2014, the Uruguayan superstar has been playing in La Liga, spending two seasons with Atletico Madrid after a lengthy tenure with Barcelona.
Suarez, who has more than 500 goals for club and country, is one of the best attackers of his generation.
He has represented some of the top teams in the world, such as the Reds, Ajax, and Barcelona, and has won championships both domestically and internationally in four different nations.
Five La Liga championships, the Eredivisie crown, the Champions League, the EFL Cup, and the Copa America are among the international’s trophies.
He has only ever won the Uruguayan championship in South American football, and he hopes to have greater success when he returns.
Suarez had a full season at Nacional, scoring 12 goals across all competitions to help them win the championship.
He signed with Groningen in 2006 and played for them for one season before being acquired by Ajax in 2007.
Suarez admitted in a social media video, “I’ve now achieved a pre-agreement in order to join Nacional. It was difficult for me to say no to this opportunity.
I hope the last elements can be worked out quickly so the deal can be officially closed.”
Suarez’s future has recently been a topic of much discussion, with rumors indicating that his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard was considering signing him to play for Aston Villa.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly made an offer to him, and there was also speculation about his moving to the Major League Soccer (MLS), where a number of teams were interested, including David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
Nacional nevertheless obtained Suarez’s services thanks to a push by the team’s supporters.
An estimated 20,000 spectators donned Suarez masks at a home game earlier this month. Along with holding up signs exhorting him to join, they also vociferously sang his name.
One of the most prosperous clubs in South America, Nacional has won the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Uruguaya, and numerous other awards numerous times.
They are currently in first place in the overall league and are expected to win another domestic championship.
Suarez talked about a trip back to South America with Argentine club River Plate earlier this month. He also hinted that he would join Nacional.
Suarez told reporters, “I was very pleased about the chance of going to River Plate to compete for the Copa Libertadores.”
Winning a cup in South America was a dream of mine. However, that option was ruled out as soon as River was eliminated.
In 2005, Suarez began his professional career at Nacional. He soon secured a transfer abroad and made the Uruguayan national team.
He can train for the 2022 World Cup in his own country after returning home.